How to Make a Fashion Necklace Using Chain

I have another great jewelry tutorial for this week! I've been want to make a long and chunky chain necklace for a while since they are SO in right now. I see them all the time while out shopping for over $20, but never bought one because I knew I could make my own for cheaper! Here's mine:


It's very simple to make! All you basically need is a base chain and your choice of other chunky chains or beads to add onto the front. 

Here's a basic tutorial:

Start by cutting a piece of 32 inch chain with wire cutters. 

Attach your choice of clasp (I used a barrel clasp) using needle nose pliers to the end of the chain. 

Cut an 11 inch piece of large cable chain using wire cutters. Attach it to either side of the base chain using a jump ring and needle nose pliers. 

 Cut a piece of beading wire (I used tiger tail from Michaels) and use a crimp bead to create a loop at the end of the wire. String on your choice of round beads. 

Make the strand about 12 inches, and then crimp the other side using a crimper or needle nose pliers, trimming the excess beading wire with wire cutters. 

Open up the jump ring (use pliers, not your fingers! Just worked for the photo haha) that you originally attached the cable chain to the base chain with. Add on the strand of beads to each jump ring.  

For my next strand, I started by making a chain out of faux pearls. I used wire to create a loop using round nose pliers, strung on a pearl, and then created another round loop.  Then I made another link, and connected the two.

I made a chain of three pearls, and then attached a small circle component to the loop connected to the pearl. Continue making this chain until it is about 9 inches long. 

I then made another chain using a large circle component connected by a jump ring to a small circle component, connected to a pearl link. Continue making this chain until its about 19 inches long.

Attach these two chains onto the jump rings on the base chain as well....and then your done!



Such a fun necklace! Pair it with a plain top to add some extra bling to any outfit :) 
I didn't go super in dept with this tutorial, so, as always, feel free to email me with any questions! mygirlishwhims@gmail.com

I'll be sharing this with all the link parties in my header including Today's Creative BlogSerenity Now, Christina's Adventures.

16 comments

  1. Is that gonna be in your shop? It's SOOOO COOL!!!

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  2. This is so gorgeous! It's so great that you were able to save some money by making it yourself.

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  3. Great way to make a neckchain....love it!

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  4. Oh my word, thank you for posting this tutorial! I've been wanting to make one of these too, but has no idea how to go about it. Yours turned out amazing!

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  5. This is so pretty!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  6. Very cool :)
    Love for you to link up at:
    "Made by ME" Linky Party at JAQS at http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/10/made-by-me-4-linky-party-and-features.html

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  7. I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. Thanks, Peggy.
    http://diycraftstomake.blogspot.com/2011/10/whacha-work-up-wednesday-weekly-linky_25.html

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  8. Love this necklace. Gotta try it! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  9. Hi! This is very cool! I love it! Thanks for sharing this at the Crazy Cute party @ Between U & Me! Don't forget to come back and enter for a chance to win the giveaway! :D

    www.betweenuandme.com

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  10. Love this! I have to make one for myself.

    Christine @ Projects Around the House

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  11. I love it! I think I actually have the stuff to make this one!

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  12. Love this look!

    Melissa
    www.lovebugliving.com

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  13. Clever! What an adorable necklace! Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share! I am so glad to have you here!

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  14. I love it! So simple but what an impact! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I love making my own jewelry and accessories! Thanks so much for sharing.
    -Amber from defrumpme.com

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  16. Nice job - really beautiful piece of jewelry.

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